, cold winter was over. ernie was the radio voice of the detroit tigers for 42 years, and in that time, there may have been no michiganan more universally beloved. our state mourns today at his passing yesterday evening after a long battle with cancer. he fought that battle with the grace, the good humor, and the wisdom that michigan had come to expect and even depend on from a man that we came to know and love. this gentlemanly georgian adapted our team, he adopted our state, he adopted them as his own and their families. and his career would have been worthy had he done nothing more than bring us the sound of summer over the radio, recounting the tigers' ups and downs with professionalism and wit, as he did for all those years. but without making a show of it, ernie harwell taught us in his work and his life, he taught us the value of kindness and respect. he taught us that in a city and a world too often divided, we could be united in joy at a great catch of al caline's our a lou whitaker home run or a mark fiderich strikeout. he taught us not to let life pass us by, in his words, "